Scholarships are awarded for achievement and potential either in a specific field or in a combination of fields. Alternatively, candidates may wish to be considered for their all-round ability, which would take into account their academic achievement as well as their aptitude in any combination of other disciplines.

The assessments for 13+ scholarships take place at the College in the Lent Term prior to the academic year of entry, except for the Sports Assessment process which begins in the Summer Term of Year 7. Sixth Form scholarship assessments happen in the November before the academic year of entry.

Scholarships do not attract a reduction on fees. All fee reductions are determined by means testing, although priority is given to those who have won a scholarship. See our bursary policy for more information.

If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please contact our Admissions team.

Scholarship & bursary dates for 2020 entry
15 May 2019Closing date for 2020 13+ Sports Scholarship entries
16 June 2019Assessment Day for Sports Scholarship
15 October 2019Closing date for Sixth Form applications for 2020 entry
31 October 2019Closing date for bursary applications
9 November 2019Sixth Form Assessment Day
11-13 November 2019All Sixth Form Scholarship (Music, Art & Design, Sports, Drama, Dr Gray All Rounder, Stevens Academic)
2 December 2019Final Assessment Day for 13+ Sports Scholarship
15 January 2020Closing date for 13+ Scholarships entries (Music, Art & Design, Drama, Dr Gray All Rounder & Stevens Academic)
23 January 2020Bradfield Entrance Exams for 13+ entry (non Common Entrance candidates)
28 January 202013+ Music Scholarship
1 February 202013+ Art & Design Scholarship
4 February 202013+ Drama Scholarship
6 February 202013+ Dr Gray All Rounder Scholarship
24-26 February 202013+ Stevens Academic Scholarship
31 March 2020Bursary decisions communicated to parents

STEVENS ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

13+ CANDIDATES

Stevens Academic Scholarships are awarded to those who show academic ability and potential across a range of subjects, or for outstanding performance in a particular subject area.

Common Academic Scholarship Examinations for these Scholarships are held at the College over three days during the last week in February of the year of entry. In addition, there is a Bradfield General Paper.

Pupils will sit 60 or 90 minute papers in the following subjects:

EnglishOne Modern Foreign LanguageScienceBradfield General Paper
MathematicsGeographyHistory

The following subject papers are optional:

Religious StudiesLatinFrench
SpanishGermanGreek

In addition to the written papers, all candidates will have short speaking assessments in Modern Languages. There is also an interview with the Headmaster and a further academic interview with a senior member of staff.

16+ CANDIDATES

For those entering Bradfield in the Sixth Form, Academic Scholarship candidates are required to be predicted at least seven GCSEs at Grade 9.

The Academic Scholarship examinations comprise of two written academic papers; a General Paper (60 minutes) and a Specialist Subject paper (60 minutes) in the academic subject of choice. In addition, there are formal interviews with the Headmaster and a senior member of staff.

DR GRAY ALL ROUNDER SCHOLARSHIP

13+ CANDIDATES

To be eligible for a Dr Gray All Rounder Scholarship, the College expects candidates either to be in the Scholarship Stream at preparatory school or achieve a minimum average mark of 65% at Common Entrance.

Candidates are required to sit higher tier papers and this will be taken into account when making the overall assessment. Those candidates not taking Common Entrance are expected to reach a comparable standard.

Those wishing to be considered for their all-round ability will also be assessed academically and will sit a General Abilities test alongside papers in Mathematics and English. They will also be assessed in at least two disciplines that they wish to be considered such as Art, Music, Drama or Sport. Those offering Music as part of an all-round assessment should play at least one instrument, or sing at Grade III standard or higher and have experience playing or singing in ensembles.

Candidates also have an interview with the Director of Music about their wider interests and an interview with a senior member of staff.

16+ CANDIDATES

To be eligible for an all-round award, the College expects Sixth Form candidates to be predicted a minimum of three GCSEs at Grade 8 and four GCSEs at Grade 7.

They will be assessed academically and will sit a General Abilities test alongside papers in Mathematics and English. In addition, candidates will be assessed in any disciplines that they wish to be considered in their application with practical exercises in Art, Music, Drama or Sport. We would expect candidates to offer a minimum of two of these disciplines to be considered for an all-rounder scholarship.

Candidates offering Music as part of an all-round assessment should play at least one instrument, or sing, at Grade III standard or higher and have experience playing or singing in ensembles at their previous school.

They will also have an interview with the Director of Music about their wider interests and an interview with a senior member of staff.

ART & DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP

13+ AND 16 + CANDIDATES

The essential qualities looked for in prospective Art and Design candidates and their work are an evident enthusiasm for their subject, self-motivation, evidence of sensitivity, sound observational skills and a developed imagination.

On the assessment day, candidates should bring a portfolio of their work with them, including sketchbooks and any physical products/work or photographs where relevant.

During the assessment, candidates will complete an observational drawing test and will discuss their work with the Director of Faculty and Heads of respective departments. This is an opportunity for candidates to promote the work they have done, whether in school or outside of lessons, and showcase their genuine interest in the subject.

DRAMA SCHOLARSHIP

13+ AND 16+ CANDIDATES

For those seeking a Drama Scholarship, the assessment will focus on their ability to express themselves both physically and verbally. Candidates should prepare a short piece (no longer than two minutes) from a published play that they will perform to the group.

Candidates will also have an informal discussion with a member of the Drama teaching team about their choice of monologue, their wider theatrical interests, and any live productions they have seen recently.

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

13+ CANDIDATES

Assessments for 13+ Music Scholarships are taken during the Lent Term, usually the last week of January, prior to the academic year of entry. During this assessment, you will be required to:

  • Offer two contrasting pieces of at least ABRSM Grade VI standard (or equivalent) in your principal study.
  • Preferably, offer a second instrument.
  • Play at sight.
  • Aural tests of Grade V-VI standard (including sight singing).
  • Attend interviews with the Director of Music and a senior member of staff.

16+ CANDIDATES

Assessments for 16+ Music Scholarship Examination happen in the November prior to the academic year of entry. During your assessment, you will be required to:

  • Offer two contrasting pieces of at least ABRSM Grade VII standard (or equivalent) in your first instrument.
  • Preferably, offer a second instrument.
  • Play at sight.
  • Aural tests at Grade VI–VII standard (including sight singing).
  • Attend interviews with the Director of Music and a senior member of staff.

For more information on our expectations of music scholars and the benefits of being a Music Award recipient, please see our Music Scholarships page.

SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP

13+ CANDIDATES

Those applying for a Sports Scholarship should submit a sporting CV together with the scholarship application form by 15 May of Year 7. This should be supported by a reference from the Director of Sport/Head of PE at the candidate’s school. To think about applying for a sports scholarship, candidates should be:

  • Highly committed individuals who have significantly contributed, over an extended period of time, to the sporting life of their primary/prep school;
  • Somebody who regularly represents their school’s A/1st Team in their chosen sport(s);
  • One of the very best performers in their year group in at least one, but ideally two (or more) activities. If a candidate is performing at an exceptionally high level in one activity (e.g. regional or international standard), then we would take into account the fact that this is likely to dominate their participation and may make it impossible for them to be performing at a high level in another activity/activities;
  • An individual who other pupils look to as a role model in the sporting arena. They will have consistently approached training and fixtures with the highest levels of effort and application, will show significant potential with their leadership and communication skills, and they will have a willingness to take on feedback that helps them develop as a performer;
  • Somebody who will be motivated to make the most of the College resources available to sport scholars.

Following receipt of application forms, selected candidates will be invited to attend the first of two assessment days at the College. This will be held in the Summer Term of Year 7. Candidates who impress on this day will then be invited to a second and final assessment day in December of Year 8. Over the course of these two days, candidates will be assessed in their two main sports, will undertake generic fitness and skills screening tests and will be interviewed by one of the sports coaches.

Scholarships may be offered to candidates who excel in one or more of the major sports played at Bradfield or to those who demonstrate achievement and promise in a wider sporting sense.

16+ CANDIDATES

Sixth Form Sports Scholarship applicants are assessed in the November prior to the year of entry, the week after the main Sixth Form Assessment Day.

On the Assessment Day candidates will be watched in competitive play and will be interviewed by the Director of Sport.

Scholarships may be offered to candidates who excel in one or more of the major sports played at Bradfield or to those who demonstrate achievement and promise in a wider sporting sense.